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Mr. Dion is a sole practitioner in West Palm Beach. He was formerly with the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender as an Assistant Public Defender. He is currently a sole practitioner representing clients in Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Contract Law, and Corporate Law.

He earned his J.D from Suffolk University Law School, and Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. Mr. Dion teaches an LSAT course in the Test Preparation program at FAU. He also teaches for Palm Beach Community College.

Mr. Dion teaches Corporations and Criminal Law in the Paralegal Program.


Mr. Gordon is a partner in the law firm of Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He received his B.A. degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and J.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

He has been admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District and Middle District of Florida. He is a former adjunct professor at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Gordon has tried numerous civil and criminal cases throughout Florida. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer.

Mr. Gordon teaches Civil Litigation in the Paralegal Program.


Joy Kastanias, a former elder law attorney, has instructed various courses in the Paralegal Certificate and Test Preparation programs at Florida Atlantic University since 2006. Ms. Kastanias earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of Alabama and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to attending law school, her professional experience included working as a technical writer and an editor.

Ms. Kastanias teaches the Certified Paralegal (CP) Test Preparation courses in the Paralegal Certificate Program..



Samantha Vacciana serves as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to her current position, Ms. Vacciana practiced family law for approximately five years, specializing in the areas of domestic violence and child custody.

Ms. Vacciana received both her BA and MA degrees from Florida Atlantic University and her JD from the University of Florida, College of Law where she graduated cum laude. She is Florida Bar Foundation and Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Ms. Vacciana is admitted to practice in Florida and in Federal District court.

Ms. Vacciana teaches Domestic Relations   in the Paralegal Program.

  Elise_Gross   ELISE GROSS, Esq.

Elise Gross is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. Her practice concentrates on estate planning, probate, and asset protection, as well as the business and succession planning which are involved in such procedures. She received her B.A. from Florida International University, her J.D. from New York Law School, and her L.L.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami, School of Law. She is also licensed to practice in New York.

Ms. Gross teaches Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning for our Paralegal Program.

  Javier_Zuniga  JAVIER ZUNIGA, Esq.

Javier Zuniga is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. His practice, Zuniga Law, P.A., is focused in bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, consumer defense and immigration. Before being a lawyer, Mr. Zuniga worked in upper management of a large non-profit organization assisting distressed consumers with debt problems.

Mr. Zuniga received his B.S. degree (Paralegal Studies) and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. He is admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Zuniga is a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. He is bilingual and a legal columnist in three Spanish publications in the tri-county area: Diario Golazo, Minutos360 & Momentos360.

Mr. Zuniga teaches Bankruptcy and Immigration in the Paralegal Program

  Javier_Zuniga  JOEL COMERFORD, Esq.

Mr. Comerford is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. He was formerly with the Law Firm of Camp & Camp, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale. He received his B.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

He has been admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. He practices in the areas of Probate Administration, Estate Planning and Real Estate.

Mr. Comerford teaches Probate and Introduction to Law in the Paralegal Program.

  Alene S. Egol  YELENA SVERDLOVA, Esq.

Yelena Sverdlova, Esq. is the founding member of Capital Planning Law, PLLC. Ms. Sverdlova has a true passion for the law and has obtained extensive experience in many facets of business law including, but not limited to: business start-ups, business agreements, general business counsel, and asset protection. She also provides legal representation in the areas of estate planning, probate administration, guardianship and real estate law. She also assists immigration clients with their L1 visas by assisting with the preparation of the necessary business documents and/or business planning. Ms. Sverdlova takes every effort to go above and beyond for her clients and provide legal services that her clients feel comfortable and are satisfied with.

Ms. Sverdlova has also began her LL.M. in Taxation at Boston University School of Law to compliment her legal experience and to be able to assist her clients with their taxation needs. Her knowledge in taxation will allow her to provide a better range of tax planning services to her estate planning and business law clients. Ms. Sverdlova ultimately aspires to have a full functioning tax firm upon the completion of her LL.M. program.

Ms. Sverdlova teaches Contract Law and  Real Estate Law  in the Paralegal Program.

  Bonnie Canty  BONNIE L. CANTY, Esq.

Ms. Canty recently joined the Law Office of Fox, Kohler & Associates, P.L.L.C., L.L.C. dba National Legal with its main office located in Candia, New Hampshire and a satellite office in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  National Legal Center primarily assists consumers with debt related issues.  Ms. Canty formerly of Canty Law joined the firm as a Compliance attorney and brings with her over 25 years experience in assisting consumers with debt and family problems.
Ms. Canty earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her Jurist Doctorate Degree from Hofstra School of Law.  She is admitted to practice law in Florida, Connecticut, Georgia, New Jersey and New York.  She is also admitted to practice in the Southern District Court of Florida.

Ms. Canty co-teaches teaches Legal Secretary course at Florida Atlantic University.


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